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Due to the Coronavirus issues and the rapid pace of advice and change, we are now dedicating this Home Page to information relating to advice & guidance about Coronavirus, how our services are changing to accomodate this and how we all, as individuals need to act to reduce the possible impact of this virus on ALL of us.
Friday 29th May 2020
****Covid-19 antibody testing****
The Government has made announcements about Covid-19 antibody tests and the availability of these. However, the tests are NOT YET available locally. Once we are informed that they are available via the local hospitals then appropriate tests can be requested.
When the tests are available, we will notify patients of the result by TEXT message. Please ensure your contact number is correct when you attend your appointment. If a test is reported as positive for antibodies, it means that you have had the virus previously. It does NOT mean that you have any long term immunity to Covid-19 as there is not ensough evidence for this yet. Government details on the test can be seen here
Mental Health Concerns
We know that individuals can be experiencing issues with mental health durign these difficult times and more information is given below on how you might access help and support in this matter.
In the event that you require URGENT Mental Health advice, please use these details to contact the services.
Please be aware of the addition of new symptoms of Covid-19. These are:
- A loss or change in your sense of taste
- A loss or change in your sense of smell
More information can be found here. If you, or a member of your household is experiencing symptoms, you can request a test for coronavirus. If you cannot access the internet to book you can call 119 to request it.
Returning to work
As the Government begins to relax the lock-down restrictions, we understand that you will have questions, particularly regarding your potential return to work. To help answer your questions and requests form employers, we have produced a letter which can be downloaded and shared.
The surgery is updating all of its methods of communicatimng with our patients. Please ensure you let us know your up to date telephone numbers and e-mails addresses. Please let us know that you are happy to receive clinical / medical information by this method. The messages are prompt, secure and safe for you to receive directly.
Help & Assistance during Covid-19
Assistance for vulnerable patients and those who are currently "shielding" is now being made available, mainly through the Government NHS Volunteer programme and is looking for volunteers. If you need assistance, especially with accessing food deliveries or receiving your medication you might also consider the services available locally. Please see this this local information. The Council have also provided information regarding additional services and how they are providing their services in these changed times.
Identifying patients at high risk of complications & Covid-19
The Government and your local surgeries have been working dilligently on identifying patients who may be at most risk from Coronavirus. These "very vulnerable" or "shielding" patients will have bene contacted either directly by the Government of the local surgery to advise them to remain wholly isolated in their home and that they can access additional services form the Goovernment response.
In addition, there are many patients who do not meet the criteria for "shielding" but nevertheless would be at high risk of complications if they were to contract the Coronavirus. The advice for these people is the same as for most others:
- To stay at home
- Wash hands regularly
- Avoid close contact with others
If you fall into this category, you can request help from various sources if you do not have family/neighbours/friends who are able to help with shopping etc. Please click on the link above for local support that you can access directly. If you would like to request help from the NHS volunteers, please contact the surgery and we can refer you to the service. The NHS volunteers can help with delivering food and medicines.
Keeping Well during self-isolation & social distancing
We understand that these are difficult times for everyone and that the changes to our routine can cause us to feel anxious and low in mood. We have detailed some links below of organisations that offer support and assistance. Locally, some volunteers have organised themselves to offer assistance to those who are not able to arrange shopping or urgent supplies. For the Allesley village area you can call or e-mail :All Saints Church, Allesley on 024 76 402006 or e-mail on email@example.com.
Mind - Mental Health for Adults
Young Minds - advice and help for young persons and their parents/family
Change, Grow, Live - confidential support for drug & alcohol issues, unhealthy relationships and sexual health
British Heart Foundation - Keeping healthy with heart conditions during Coronavirus
Diabetes UK - Keeping healthy with Diabetes during Coronavirus
These are today's important updates. Please click on the link to each to provide more information:
1. The surgery is operating a restricted access to each of its sites. Only those patients who have been spoken to by a doctor or one of our team to confirm their need to attend the surgery, will be admitted. There is no access to the surgery other than this. You can contact us by telephone or, for non-urgent matters, you can e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please state which surgery you normally attend in the heading of your e-mail.
Access to The Gables Pharmacy - The in-house pharmacy located at The Gables Medicentre, 268 Holbrook Lane will also be affected by this restricted access to ensure the health and well being of all of our staff. If you need to collect medication, please report to the main front door of the surgery and the pharmacy will bring your medication to you.
2. We will be authorising prescriptions to be sent electronically to your nominated pharmacy. You will need to nominate a pharmacy when contacted in order for this to be sent safely.
3. If you require any other documents, for example extensions to long-term sick notes / blood test forms etc. we will be arranging to text or e-mail these to you directly. Please let us know your mobile telephone number / e-mail address when we contact you.
4. We will be adding additional forms to this website for you to be able to manage and monitor your conditions at home and let us know your results. Click here for our forms
6. If your child is due immunisations, these will still go ahead, providing both you and your child are well. You will be contacted by one of our nurses to confirm your appointment.
7. New patients wishing to register at one of our practices may still do so. We have added the registration forms which need to be completed and returned to us via e-mail.
8. If you need a note confirming your self-isolation status, please see this NHS 111 page to complete this on-line.
9. Pregnancy & Covid-19. The Royal College Of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists has issued up to date guidance and Q&As for you to refer to. Your appointments with the Community Midwife will continue currently, but please remember, we need to be able to maintain distance between one another. The appointments have been spaced apart. Please do NOT arrive early for your appointment and avoid bringing any other individuals with you to the appointment. The midwife team will only be seeing patients who are more than 28 weeks pregnant on a face to face basis. All women who are earlier in their pregnancy will be contacted either by telephone / video link. Please ensure your contact details are up to date.
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